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King Diamond

Band
1985 / Present
Denmark Denmark

Overview

Members

Andy LaRocque (electric guitar)
1985 - Present
King Diamond (lead vocals)
1985 - Present
Matt Thompson (drums)
2000 - Present
Mike Wead (electric guitar)
1990 - 1993, 2000 - Present
Pontus Egberg (bass guitar)
2014 - Present
Glen Drover (electric guitar)
1998 - 2000
Chris Estes (bass guitar)
1994 - 1999
Herb Simonsen (electric guitar)
1994 - 1998
Darrin Anthony (drums)
1995 - 1997
Snowy Shaw (drumset)
1989 - 1994
Sharlee D'Angelo (bass guitar)
1990 - 1993
Hal Patino (bass guitar)
1987 - 1990
Pete Blakk (guitar)
1988 - 1990
Mikkey Dee (drums)
1985 - 1988
Michael Denner (electric guitar)
1985 - 1987
Timi Hansen (bass guitar)
1985 - 1987

Discography

Studio Album

1986
Album has 7 releases
1987
Album has 10 releases
1988
Album has 6 releases
1989
Album has 4 releases
1990
Album has 4 releases
1995
Album has 4 releases
1996
Album has 3 releases
1998
Album has 5 releases
2000
Album has 4 releases
2001
Album has 3 releases
2002
Album has 3 releases
2003
Album has 2 releases
2007
Album has 3 releases

EP

1988
Album has 3 releases

Styles

History

King Diamond is the band that King Diamond (Kim Petersen) formed after he left Mercyful Fate which eventually caused the remaining members to split up(although Michael Denner and Timi Hansen were also members of King Diamond) - following the departure of Hank Shermann. Although the first incarnation of King Diamond featured members of Mercyful Fate, the band lost most of its proto-black metal style and become a heavy metal band. The Satanic focus of Mercyful Fate's lyrics was replaced by a focus on horror stories. Apart from two albums, each of the albums contained a story told throughout the songs; some stories span more than one album. Only Fatal Portrait and The Spider's Lullaby deviate here, in that only four of the songs form a story while the other songs are independent. His extremely high falsetto vocal style is notable.

King formed the band in Copenhagen, Denmark along with two former Mercyful Fate members, guitarist Michael Denner and bassist Timi Hansen and was joined by new drummer Mikkey Dee. The original second guitarist Floyd Constantin was soon replaced by Andy LaRocque. The band debuted with single No Presents For Christmas, followed by debut album Fatal Portrait. King Diamond would also play some Mercyful Fate songs on gigs. The second album Abigail was the first full concept album. Shortly before the release and following tour, Michael Denner left the band. His replacement was Mikael Myllynen, who also appeared in band's first promo video, The Family Ghost. However, he left the band after the tour.

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